John Anderson is one of those people you meet that is inspiring, humourous and you remember his story long after you have heard it. You will find him funny, interesting and astute.
Rod was Editor of the Business Herald section of the New Zealand Herald, 1997-2000, and is an adjunct professor in the Business School at Unitec. He has won numerous media and journalism awards and is a very knowledgeable business speaker with a lay touch. Rod uses his skills in journalism, management and leadership to help New Zealanders face some tough economic challenges and seize some exciting business opportunities.
Just ten years ago, Tony and wife Tracey decided to open their own Travel Agency in Invercargill. Every travel industry expert (not to mention the Bank Manager) warned it was a terrible idea and proceeded to list a host of very good reasons why. Against all odds, Laker House of Travel has quickly become one of the largest travel companies in New Zealand. Tony’s topic “How the Hell did that Happen?” is described as a no-nonsense, common-sense, roller-coaster ride of adventure, fun, intrigue, mystery, and if time permits, a little bit of travel. His message of “if an ordinary guy like me can do this, just imagine what you can do” is hugely entertaining and empowering to all audience types.
Former CEO of Business In The Community, Alison is a great believer in the Mentoring Programme and how it is helping small businesses to survive and grow. Alison has served as a Judge on the WestpacTrust business Excellence Awards in the North Shore and Manukau for three years, has served as President of the Export Institute, is a Director of Business In The Community and a Trustee of the Equal Employment Opportunity Trust. She is a member of the IOD and Small Business Advisory Group and still acts as a business mentor .
Allan Pease talks about relationships and communication. He teaches simple, field-tested skills and techniques that work. And he delivers his message in a humorous way, which motivates people to want to use these ideas immediately
An International Speaker of vast experience, Allison has not only gained respect, but built a powerful brand inspiring high profile companies such as Air New Zealand, Pharmac, Fonterra, Ministry of Justice, Commerce Commission, Wella International, NZI, Lockwood Homes, Drake International, Westpac, The Professionals Real Estate, Works Infrastructure, Tourism NZ, Burger King, to name a few.
Amanda is best know for her training programmes on how to present yourself, rather than the traditional skills of how to present a speech. She facilitates change in human behaviour and enables people to focus on their fears or self doubts and to work out what is holding them back or blocking their progress. By encouraging people to express their fears she can give them the practical means to move forward and present themselves well.
A born leader and very successful former All Black captain and player, Andy has combined the skills he learned on the rugby field with his business acumen.
Working now with over 120 women, Annah takes on huge levels of responsibility daily. Not unaccustomed to making important decisions that could affect her huge work force, she continues to thrive on every challenge placed before her as her business enters yet another phase of growth, including international recognition and exporting to 150 accounts throughout the world.
He's been in Parliament longer than all of them so he's earned the right to be irreverent! Barry has been a journalist for 35 years, with the past 24 spent in the Parliamentary Press Gallery, making him the longest serving member of the gallery and the country’s most experienced political broadcast journalist. Barry came to the gallery as political editor for private radio but during his time has made frequent appearances on television commenting on politics.
A lifetime devoted to the NZ Army, has seen Brigadier Barry Vryenhoek hold many senior roles including Deputy Chief of Army, Army General Staff Wellington and General Manager Corporate Services, Army’s most senior civilian role. Brigadier Vryenhoek holds a MBA, MA (Hons) in Strategic Studies and has completed a senior executive course at the Harvard Business School. He talks extensively on leadership in particular: Leadership underpinned by a clear ethos and core values and on a leadership culture that builds teams and seeks to influence others.
Bernard is a financial journalist and editor with over 18 years experience which includes roles with Reuters, the Financial Times Group and Fairfax Media in Wellington, Canberra, Sydney, London and Singapore. Bernard is currently the Editor of a news and information website aimed at 2 million New Zealand borrowers and savers, and is a commentator on financial, economic and investment issues, regularly appearing on radio, television and in the Herald on Sunday.
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2000, Bill started out as a scuba diving instructor, then began taking underwater commercial jobs. Before long Bill had so much work he bought a dive support vessel and in 1983 launched his shipping company Seaworks. Bill has found a niche market and developed a highly successful maritime service business. An innovative and entrepreneurial businessman as well as adventurer.
Bill specializes in showing others how to create dynamic growth from their existing relationships and customers. His referral strategies are ingenious and innovative and his networking techniques are described as ‘effectively shrewd’.
Bill is a journalist, broadcaster, and media personality, active in television, radio and print. He has worked as a political correspondent, fronted the television arts show Backch@t, and was the head of news and current affairs at TVNZ from 2003 to 2007.
Billy Graham's presentations are 'punchy', 'lively' and 'fun'. He is full of energy and his humourous presentations are always memorable.
His distinguished career includes roles as a Partner and Head of Research at stockbrokers Jarden & Co, a member of the New Zealand Stock Exchange, Chairman of the New Zealand Society of Investment Analysts and Chairman of the Asian Securities Analysts Council.
Expert on branding. Brian is the man responsible for the Quik Stick brand and the Cervena marketing of venison.
For over 20 years Cath Vincent has been inspiring business leaders and sales people to learn the tools of change that will revolutionise their personal effectiveness. Those tools are to:
• master yourself – how to operate at maximum motivation, energy and confidence every day; a great shake-up to get even better results from yourself or your people with very simple micro-changes
• influence others – how to get your message across in meetings or presentations so that others are inspired to respond favourably and/or take action
…or put another way, how to Wake Up Your WOW!
One of the most sought after speakers in Australia today, Catherine has worked with both business leaders and elite athletes, after previously holding several senior positions at IBM.
Catherine has an amazing ability to bring out the best in people, turn around individual and team performance and to stimulate positive changes.
Christine Rankin is the former Chief Executive Officer of one of the largest government departments in New Zealand at the time, WINZ. Christine’s passion for leadership and her belief in the power of individual potential is the centre of her continuing work.
Clare inspires people to see the world in a different way and empowers them to take practical steps towards better business, a healthier environment and a happier global community.
Colin James is a political journalist of more than 30 years experience and political columnist of the year in 2003. He has correctly forecast which party would be or lead the government after 12 of the past 13 elections.
Colyn started her business as a solo mother with $800, working in her garage eventually building a successful company which exported around the world.
David has a diverse business background, from being a freelance trainer and consultant for the real estate and insurance industries to being a business owner. After working in Australia for a large company of retail management specialists, David specialises in giving clients and business owners a “Big Picture” to work towards, one that fits in with their personal and professional goals on a group or individual level.
His engineering background gives him a valuable insight into the needs of modern business, as well as a highly “hands-on”, practical approach to the communication and management skills he teaches.
Debbie has built a very successful internet/email marketing business in a relatively short time and is now in great demand here and overseas for her unique, hands-on courses on the do’s and don’ts of email marketing and databases. Debbie is a very busy mother of 6 children, including twins and triplets and still manages to run a very successful business.
Eric Rush is as explosive and engaging on stage as he was on the football field. He's humourous, smart and has some great business lessons to share.